New Zealand's Ardern is expected to lead a trade mission to China once border controls are allowed

New Zealand’s Ardern is expected to lead a trade mission to China once border controls are allowed

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In a speech to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Ardern said New Zealand’s relationship with China was important but complex and evolving.

“We continue to recognize that there are areas where China and New Zealand do not agree, where our interests or world views differ,” Ardern said.

He said that in areas where New Zealand and China disagreed, his government was prepared to engage but would always advocate for New Zealand’s interests and values ​​and speak up when needed.

“We do this predictably, consistently and respectfully,” she said.

During talks in Bangkok, Ardern discussed with Xi bilateral ties and areas of cooperation, while also raising concerns about human rights and the Taiwan Strait.

New Zealand has long been seen as a moderate, even absentee, voice on China in the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance, but it took a tougher stance this year after China and the Solomon Islands struck a security deal.

While Australia’s relations with China have deteriorated, New Zealand and China’s interactions have been largely amicable.

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